greater swiss mountain dog
cut Large dog.
hair tight top coat and dense colored undercoat
head wide and flat
tail quite heavy
federation FCI Nomenclature Group 2, Section 3, No. 58
Health It is an exceptionally robust and rustic dog. Average life expectancy: about 11 years Living conditions It can live inside a house but it should be able to run in large spaces, in particular because of its rather imposing size. Remarks and advice This is a dog that is not very widespread in France, but which is distinguished by its qualities.
Its origin is common to all Swiss Cattle Dogs and dates back at least 2000 years. Its ancestor is the Tibetan Molossian from which developed the Swiss shepherd dog called "dog of the refuges", a heavy dog which is certainly at the origin of the current herdsmen. More recent history has seen the spread of slightly different types depending on their geographic region, from which each breed takes its name. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, on the other hand, owes its name to Professor Albert Heim, a great specialist in this breed.
All Swiss Cattle Dogs have been used in multiple functions: from herding cattle to guarding the house and sledding. Today, especially in their country, they are also used as guide dogs for the blind and as civil protection dogs. The character of this dog is strong but calm. Sometimes stubborn, he requires a firm hand for his education and training. If he does not have to perform the function of guardian, he is nice to everyone. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a rather limited predatory instinct.